(April 2, 2013) -- During spring break, four UTSA students from the Office of P-20 Initiatives attended the 14th annual University of Maryland National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research. The UTSA students are part of the UTSA McNair Scholars Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation undergraduate research programs.
Approximately, 250 individuals from more than 40 universities across the country participated in the national conference, where students presented their academic research. The UTSA student participants shared their research experiences and results with their peers and other scholars in their disciplines.
While at the conference, they received feedback from peers and faculty members, and they heard motivational speakers including former NASA Astronaut Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr. They also participated in a graduate school recruitment fair and break-out sessions.
Senior McNair student Jessica Adkison said, "This was my very first time attending a conference and, overall, the experience definitely exceeded my expectations. The speakers at the conference were truly motivating and I was impressed with what they had achieved. I felt so honored and appreciative to be a McNair Scholar."
Senior LSAMP student Debnahi Jacinto said, "My overall experience at the conference has inspired, motivated and encouraged me to pursue my goals. I learned that everyone has their own obstacles to face toward success but to be successful you must have faith in yourself, dedication, courage and never give up."
"I learned that becoming a better person meant that I would work continually at setting my standards higher – to look at every challenge as an opportunity and every opportunity as a means to succeed," said Tony Van Phan, a senior in the LSAMP program.
The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) are both housed in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives. The programs offer selected sophomores, juniors and seniors opportunities to participate in faculty-led research and assist with preparation for graduate school.
The annual Student Affairs Conference provides invaluable professional development opportunities for all UTSA Student Affairs staff as well as faculty and staff throughout UTSA and other local institutions.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.
The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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